Did anyone see the documentary film, "Fog of War"? The film is an extensive interview with recently-deceased Robert S. McNamara, ex-Secretary of Defense under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
In the film, McNamara recounts his experiences as a high-ranking official with the U.S. Army in WWII; his actions as S.of Defense throughout Vietnam; and his actions as President of the World Bank, after he was fired by Johnson.
MacNamara asserts "11 Lessons," in the film, such as: "Rationality will not save us," and "Empathize with your Enemy."
One of the lessons towards the end of the film: "In order to do good, you may have to engage in evil." Ultimately, this was McNamara's heartfelt sense, or defense, of what he readily admitted to being his very blood personal history, regarding war. He states baldly that he may be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of individuals (if not singly responsible, at least complicit). (McNamara was one of LeMay's key #2 men in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.)
McNamara shared that such matters as he was forced to deal with over the course of his military and political careers, can cause tremendous suffering in the hearts and minds of "sensitive human beings." He counted himself as one, and indeed, his reminiscences led him to tears at several points in the film. It is without doubt, in my mind, that he suffered from terrible remorse and guilt.
Is his point that "In order to do good, you may have to do evil" essentially compatible with the Church's "Just War" doctrine? Certainly the CC is aware that tremendous suffering arises in the bodies, minds and souls of individuals who are subject to war (soldier, civilians and bystanders alike). Does the CC thus feel that McNamara is essentially correct in stating that these "evils" are necessary for the upholding of human rights, dignity, social justice, peace, liberty, etc.?
Thank you! By the way, I highly recommend this beautiful film. It's my favorite! It is a story of redemption.